Daredevil is an origin story telling defense attorney Matt Murdock's (Charlie Cox) rise becoming the superhero vigilante Daredevil in Hell's Kitchen. Early on, Daredevil discovers a crime syndicate run by Wilson Fisk (a.k.a Kingpin) played by Vincent D'Onfrio. Kingpin runs his gang mainly within Hell's Kitchen, and Daredevil spends 13 episodes finding and fighting Kingpin. Daredevil spends the first act discovering a sex traffic ring, the second act figuring out that Kingpin is the head of that ring (among many other criminal activities), and the third act bringing him down. It follows traditional superhero tropes (albeit the execution is darker and more effective that most), but its story follows one hero and his journey.
Jessica Jones and Daredevil's story-telling are in stark contrast to Marvel's film franchises. Their stories are no longer stand-alone stories. We don't have a Captain America film that tells us one specific adventure of Steve Rodgers, we have a Captain America film that sets up the next Iron Man film with winks and Easter Eggs to the next Avengers film. Avengers director Joss Whedon famously stepped away from this Marvel universe thanks to the stress of telling his own story along with adding scenes to further Marvel's Grand Master Movie Plan.
Further, Marvel is having creative difficulty telling stand-alone stories in their movie after they created a world where this super group can fight off all. I can't watch an Iron Man film with a group of terrorist kidnap the President while literally no other super hero hero helps him out. Why isn't Captain America or The Hulk or Hawk Eye helping Tony Stark fight The Mandarin? Why does no one from S.H.I.E.L.D. care?
Maybe this problem will exist within future seasons of these Netflix Marvel shows. Maybe we will be upset that Luke Cage doesn't help out Daredevil when The Punisher comes to Hell's Kitchen in season 2 of Daredevil, but we haven't reached that point yet. So far, we have two individual stories that deserve to be told and make sense from start to finish. While these stories exist in an expansive universe, Daredevil and Jessica Jones each tell a story that doesn't feel that way. And everyone and everything is better because of it.
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